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weekend linksJonathan and Elijah – brothers arm in arm, happy mama sigh.

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The winner of yesterday’s giveaway from Lavender’s Blue Homeschool is Sheri. Congratulations!

Remember Kelly from Lavender’s Blue is offering 20% off her kindergarten curriculum to Simple Homeschool readers through October 4th. Use the code “SIMPLEHOME” at checkout.

“The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Weekend giveaway: $200 kindergarten curriculum from Lavender’s Blue

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This giveaway has ended; thanks for your interest!

Welcome to this weekend’s giveaway, sponsored by Lavender’s Blue Homeschool:

From Kelly at Lavender’s Blue:

“My goal is to support parents as they create a peaceful and connected family life.

I write about peaceful parenting, magical childhood, and homeschooling from a holistic perspective on the blog, where I also enjoy sharing favorite songs to sing and stories to tell. You can also connect with me on my Facebook page.
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Are you qualified to teach high school?

This post is sponsored by Uzinggo.
Resources for teaching high school at home

“I‘m just not qualified to teach high school.”

Have you ever thought this? When someone says these words, they often carry in their minds an image of the stereotypical high school, believing they must duplicate every aspect of it from pre-calculus to biology lab.

It’s enough to make a homeschooling parent wave the white flag of surrender before even getting started.

But thankfully teaching upper level grades is not at all like this anymore! A TON of resources now lie at our fingertips–incredible options like online math and science, foreign language with native speakers via Skype, and early enrollment in community college.

I haven’t reached the high school years yet, so I asked for backup on Facebook from those of you who have. Many of you chimed in with the resources you’ve found most useful along the way, creating an excellent thread to bookmark for later reference.

As you approach the high school years, here are a few resources that can help you teach with confidence.
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When your children’s dreams are different than your own

When our children's dreams are different than our ownWritten by contributor Cheryl Pitt of CherylPitt.com

When I began homeschooling 13 years ago, I did it for many reasons. First and foremost, because it was a desire laid on my heart.

However, as I researched homeschooling, I found I liked the philosophy behind it, the lifestyle and that many homeschoolers did so well in comparison with their public school counterparts.

But also in my heart, I wanted more than the average for my child.

Don’t we all?
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“No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face….”
~ John Donne